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File photo of India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane(BCCI/Twitter)

India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane has a chance to equal MS Dhoni’s record in Sydney Test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:14 PM IST
India are now raring to go for the next game. If they manage to register another win in Sydney, it will help Ajinkya Rahane equalling the record of former captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Photo of former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer (R) and Indian captain Virat Kohli (L)(HT Collage)
Photo of former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer (R) and Indian captain Virat Kohli (L)(HT Collage)

India vs Australia: ‘This is the modern trend,’ Farokh Engineer backs Kohli’s ‘personal decision’ of taking paternity leave

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:46 PM IST
Following India’s win in the Boxing Day Test, Kohli had to face backlash on social media as some of the cricket fanatics didn’t like his departure when the team needed him the most.
Photo of India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)
Photo of India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘They needed to put out something special to beat Australia’, Isa Guha explains how Rahane inspired India to win Melbourne Test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 06:05 PM IST
Isa Guha said that Rahane kept his calm throughout the game and made sure that the tourists must not panic after the Adelaide horror.
File photo of Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin(Getty Images)
File photo of Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘It’s the best I have seen Ashwin bowl overseas,’ Laxman praises Ashwin’s ‘lovely display of off-spin’ in Melbourne

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Impressed with his heroics, Laxman, in his latest column on Times of India, said that this is the best version of Ravi Ashwin he has ever witnessed in overseas conditions.
Steve Smith (L), Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R)(HT Collage)
Steve Smith (L), Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R)(HT Collage)

India vs Australia: ‘Australia’s batting line-up doesn’t look settled’, says Sachin Tendulkar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:10 PM IST
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has played against some of the finest Australian teams in his time, feels that Australia’s current batting line-up is ‘less settled’ with some ‘playing for their spots’.
Photo of former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)
Photo of former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘India have beaten Australia like how you beat up a person in a sack’, Shoaib Akhtar hails India’s win in Melbourne

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 08:22 AM IST
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that this success is ‘making all the noise’ for a calm and composed Rahane.
Photo of India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)
Photo of India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)

India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane’s name engraved on MCG honours board for 2nd time, stand-in skipper expresses ‘gratitude’ towards fans

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:45 PM IST
Rahane earned this honour after his match-winning 112 against Australia that helped India wining the Boxing Day Test.
India's Ajinkya Rahane holds his man of the match award after winning the second cricket test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. India defeated Australia by eight wickets to level the series at 1-1.(AP)
India's Ajinkya Rahane holds his man of the match award after winning the second cricket test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. India defeated Australia by eight wickets to level the series at 1-1.(AP)

Ajinkya Rahane becomes first recipient of Mullagh Medal after being named Player of the Match in Boxing Day Test

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 01:31 PM IST
Ajinkya Rahane was adjudged Player of the Match for his stunning hundred (112) in the first innings which ensured India took a healthy 131-run lead after bowling Australia out for 195. Cricket Australia had announced that the Man of the Match will become the first recipient of the Mullagh medal.
India's MD Siraj, second left, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Nathan Lyon during play on day four of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020(AP)
India's MD Siraj, second left, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Nathan Lyon during play on day four of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020(AP)

All members of India’s playing XI achieve unique first as India beat Australia by 8 wickets in Melbourne

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:01 AM IST
India vs Australia: All Indian cricketers playing in this Boxing Day Test registered their first win while chasing away from home as India beat Australia by 8 wickets to level the four-match series 1-1.
File photo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin(Twitter)
File photo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin(Twitter)

‘Ashwin had four Test hundreds, Jadeja had nothing’: Sanjay Manjrekar explains how the left-hander’s batting ‘changed after 2015’

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:57 AM IST
After a couple of hiccups on the first half of the second day, a rock-solid partnership of 121 runs between Rahane and Jadeja gave India full control of the Boxing Day Test. Following this dominating stand, Manjrekar praised the all-rounder for his contribution and highlighted his improvement with the bat in recent years.
Indian stand-in skipper celebrates his 12th Test ton against Australia in Melbourne(AP)
Indian stand-in skipper celebrates his 12th Test ton against Australia in Melbourne(AP)

India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2: Leader Ajinkya Rahane hits a ton for the ages

Mumbai | By Sanjjeev K Samyal
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:44 PM IST
India vs Australia: Stand-in skipper anchors innings with 104*, pulls India ahead on Day 2 of the MCG Test.
Melbourne : India's Jasprit Bumrah, centre, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Joe Burns for no score during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.(AP)
Melbourne : India's Jasprit Bumrah, centre, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Joe Burns for no score during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.(AP)

‘Unbelievable, mind-boggling’: Sunil Gavaskar bowled over by India’s fast bowling strength

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 09:25 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: Gavaskar’s comments came after India bowled out Australia for 195 on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test after Tim Paine opted to bat first. India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers with a four-wicket haul.
Photo of Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)
Photo of Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘I will be accused of backing a Mumbai boy’ - Why Sunil Gavaskar denied to draw conclusions on Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 08:23 AM IST
The batting legend went on to praise Rahane’s sense of setting up the field for his bowler, which turned out to be accurate in Melbourne.
Photo of Shubman Gill during the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at MCG(Twitter)
Photo of Shubman Gill during the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at MCG(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘Should have got an opportunity couple of years back’, Ajit Agarkar praises Shubman Gill’s heroics on debut

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 02:51 PM IST
Impressed by Gill’s batting show on debut, former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar reckoned that the 21-year-old should have got the opportunity a couple of years back.
Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border walks with the daughters of former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, Phoebe (R) and Augusta (L) with their mother, Jane (Centre) during a tribute for the late batsman(AP)
Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border walks with the daughters of former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, Phoebe (R) and Augusta (L) with their mother, Jane (Centre) during a tribute for the late batsman(AP)

Dean Jones remembered during Boxing Day Test

Melbourne | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 02:28 PM IST
Jones’ family and former Australia captain Allan Border participated in the farewell during the tea break of the ongoing second Test here.
Former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor.(AFP)
Former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor.(AFP)

‘India can’t let one bad innings define their tour’: Former Australia captain backs India to stage comeback in Boxing Day Test

Hindustan Times | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 06:12 PM IST
Taylor, who captained Australia to the final of the 1996 ICC World Cup, is one of only four men to have led the Aussies in 50 or more Test matches. He feels India’s bowlers have it in them to pick wickets but need the batsmen to put up big runs on the board.
Mohammed Siraj will make his debut for India in the Boxing Day Test(Twitter)
Mohammed Siraj will make his debut for India in the Boxing Day Test(Twitter)

Twitter on fire after India make four changes, hand debuts to Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj for Boxing Day Test

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:13 AM IST
India vs Australia: Twitter was flooded with mixed reactions as India announced their playing XI for he Boxing Day Test making four changes to the side that lost in Adelaide.

India announce playing XI for Boxing Day Test, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj to make debuts

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 12:10 PM IST
India vs Australia: India made four changes - two of them forced - to their playing XI which lost in Adelaide. Gill replaced an out-of-form Prithvi Shaw and will open the batting with Mayank Agarwal.
India's India's Ajinkya Rahane walks off after he was dismissed by Australia's Josh Hazlewood(AP)
India's India's Ajinkya Rahane walks off after he was dismissed by Australia's Josh Hazlewood(AP)

India vs Australia: India stare at an unwanted first in their 88-year-old Test history

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:35 PM IST
If India does not manage to draw or win the second Test against Australia in Melbourne then it will be the first time in their 88 years of a Test-playing nation that they will lose all matches in a calendar year (minimum 3 Tests).
Rishabh Pant(Twitter)
Rishabh Pant(Twitter)

‘If we give KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant an inch, they will take a mile, very dangerous players’: Australia captain Tim Paine

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:30 AM IST
Australian skipper Tim Paine heaped praise on KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, both of whom have a strong chance of playing the 2nd Test in Melbourne starting on Saturday.
India captain Ajinkya Rahane (L) chats with Umesh Yadav during a training session ahead of the second Test in Melbourne.
India captain Ajinkya Rahane (L) chats with Umesh Yadav during a training session ahead of the second Test in Melbourne.

India start afresh without Virat Kohli

Mumbai | By Sanjjeev K Samyal
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 07:50 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: After the Adelaide drubbing, visitors eye comeback in Boxing Day Test under new captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Photo of Australian head coach Justin Langer (L) and India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane(HT Collage)
Photo of Australian head coach Justin Langer (L) and India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane(HT Collage)

India vs Australia: ‘We need to start strongly and build pressure on Rahane’, Justin Langer reveals how Australia plan to take advantage of Kohli’s absence

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:02 PM IST
Australian head coach Justin Langer admitted that the absence of Kohli and Mohammed Shami would be an advantage for his team. However, the focus firmly remains on its own planning.
Indian team during practice session in Adelaide(BCCI/Twitter)
Indian team during practice session in Adelaide(BCCI/Twitter)

India Predicted XI for 2nd Test: Under Rahane’s leadership, three changes likely for visitors at MCG

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:39 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: Leading the charge will be Ajinkya Rahane, who will also have the hard task of lifting the spirits of the team back up ahead of the 2nd Test.
File photo of former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth(PTI)
File photo of former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth(PTI)

India vs Australia: ‘Australian batting is not very strong’, Srikkanth believes India will ‘come out and fight’ in Melbourne

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:35 PM IST
In a conversation with The Age and the Herald, the 1983 World Cup winner backed India, stating that the tourists will surely ‘come out and fight.’
File photo of former India opener Gautam Gambhir.(Twitter/Gautam Gambhir)
File photo of former India opener Gautam Gambhir.(Twitter/Gautam Gambhir)

‘Need to remember they dominated the first two days’: Gambhir’s message to Team India

Hindustan Times | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 04:09 PM IST
India vs Australia: With skipper Virat Kohli back home on paternity leave and key paceman Mohammed Shami out injured, the team needs to forget what happened at Adelaide and quickly get back in shape for the Boxing Day Test and Gambhir wants the players to take the positives out of the first match.
Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood shows the ball after taking his 5th wicket on day 3 of the first test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 19, 2020.(via REUTERS)
Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood shows the ball after taking his 5th wicket on day 3 of the first test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 19, 2020.(via REUTERS)

Australia likely to field unchanged XI against India in Boxing Day Test in Melbourne

Melbourne | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 08:33 AM IST
With David Warner still unavailable due to a groin injury, Australia coach Justin Langer said Thursday he would brave to tinker with the side for the Melbourne Cricket Ground match after a resounding eight-wicket victory in Adelaide when India was held for its record-low test score of 36 runs in its second innings.
Photo of Sydney Thunder openers Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales(BBL/Twitter)
Photo of Sydney Thunder openers Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales(BBL/Twitter)

COVID-19 Impact: CA bans haircuts of Big Bash players

Melbourne | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:47 PM IST
As per the protocols, CA has barred David Warner and Sean Abbott from from re-joining their Australian teammates ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India here.
Photo of Australian spinner Nathan Lyon (L) and Indian spinner R Ashwin (R)(HT Collage)
Photo of Australian spinner Nathan Lyon (L) and Indian spinner R Ashwin (R)(HT Collage)

India vs Australia: ‘We’re similar in a way but very different,’ Lyon says he can’t compare himself to R Ashwin

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 06:06 PM IST
Nathan Lyon said that both of them – he and Ashwin – are yet different type of bowlers. Hence, comparison shouldn’t be made between the two.
Photo of former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar (L) and Cheteshwar Pujara (R)(HT Collage)
Photo of former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar (L) and Cheteshwar Pujara (R)(HT Collage)

India vs Australia: ‘Anyone for Pujara opening?’, Manjrekar suggests new opener for Melbourne Test, asks Twitterati for their opinions

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Amid the debate between Prithvi Shaw and Shubman, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has come with another name who can be tried in top of the order.
Australia's Nathan Lyon, left center, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of India's Cheteshwar Pujara for 43 runs during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon, left center, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of India's Cheteshwar Pujara for 43 runs during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.(AP)

India will come out firing, their batsmen will attack me once again: Australia spinner Nathan Lyon

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 09:58 AM IST
India vs Australia: Brushing India’s 36 all out as ‘one of those days’, Lyon said they are not expecting to go out and bowl India out for 50 again in the second Test in Melbourne starting on December 26.
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